I am not a huge fan of the sport of boxing, but I usually tend to catch boxing movies because they attract good casts. As such, my main appeal for seeing this film was its star, Miles Teller. I actually almost ended up not seeing this film, but I'm glad that I did.
The first half of the film takes place before Vinny's accident and is a somewhat formulaic boxing film. It has the fights, the generic training sequence, and all of the boxing film archetypes. After the accident, however, the film begins to take a more unique turn. It begins to have a deeper story and is less about the actual fighting and more about Vinny's spirit. I thought that it was a new and interesting perspective on a somewhat tired genre. The end wasn't particularly predictable to me, as I wasn't familiar with the true story, and the endings written pretty well. The film also smoothly incorporated some natural, funny comedic relief throughout. That's not to say that the writing is perfect, though; there are a fair share of problems. There are some storylines that are left a little underdeveloped, like that involving Vinny's mother, that would have been interesting to go deeper into.
I thought that the acting in this film was extremely strong. Miles Teller does a great job as always, really selling his performance. He delivered the emotional moments as well as he did the humorous ones, and his Northeastern accent was pretty good. Aaron Eckhart delivers an equally strong supporting turn, with surprisingly believable emotion. Ciarán Hinds was the actor whose performance surprised me the most, though. He had a surprisingly large role and did extremely well with it, playing the character with diversity of range as it required.
The film has a lot of great technical elements to it as well. The use of sound in the film is fabulous. The score is great to begin with, but when it is mixed with the diegetic soundtrack, it is even better. The diegetic sounds alone even work very well. The soundtrack choices when popular music was used were also spot-on to match the mood of the scene. I also liked the cinematography quite a bit, for the most part. There are some really great shots throughout, showcasing the emotion of the characters, but there are also some iffy ones in the fight scene. They don't inherently subtract anything from the film, but they aren't great and definitely don't add anything either.
So overall, I really liked "Bleed for This". I'm glad that I decided to see this, because it was relatively well-made and I greatly enjoyed it. It is definitely on the higher end of boxing films, in my opinion.
Bleed for This
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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